Don’t Miss these Winter Events Around Concord

concord-winter-activitiesDon’t go stir crazy this winter! Concord, New Hampshire isn’t a seasonal destination — the area is full of fun for all during the colder months of the year. The following are a few event highlights you won’t want to miss.

CGC Art and Bloom

During the weekend of January 19th, the Concord Garden Club will be holding their annual exhibit at the League of NH Craftsmen’s headquarters on South Main Street in Concord. The exhibit is free to the public and will feature the club’s most inspired floral arrangements. An opening reception will be held on January 18th at 5:30 pm to kick off festivities.

Stay and Play Winter Fun

Bring the grandkids to Concord’s The Children Place and Parent Center during the morning of Saturday January 20th for winter themed activities and snacks. The event is completely free with no advanced registration required.

Winter Farmers Market

One of the most sorely missed aspects of the warmer months is the ability to secure fresh produce from local farmers market. Luckily, Gilford Youth Center hosts a winter farmers market every Saturday throughout January and February. The market opens at 9 am and has the best picks from your favorite local farmers.

4th Annual Ice Bar

Visit Stonehurst Manor on January 19th through January 20th for their annual ice-themed festival. Renowned ice carvers create an entire outdoor lounge for the event, tables and chairs included, from large-scale ice blocks. No worries if you start to feel chilly, you can warm up near the fire pits or by sampling the tasty hot hors d’oeuvres.

15th Annual Winter Wine Spectacular

On January 25th, New Hampshire’s Wine Week culminates with the biggest celebration of winter wine in New England, at the Easterseals Winter Wine Spectacular at The Radisson in Manchester. Over 60 winemakers will be attendance with thousands of wines to sample along with a silent auction and special raffle event.

Snow Sculpting Competition

Travel over to the quaint Jackson Village on January 26th for their entertaining snow sculpting contests. Each sculptor is given an 8 ft by 4 ft cylinder of snow to create his or her own masterpiece. Warm up by stopping in one of the area shops or roasting marshmallows by the fire pit.

Manchester Vintage Market

On a monthly basis, you can visit the Falls Event Center to shop this popular marketplace. Manchester Vintage Market has vendors selling everything and anything considered “vintage”: antiques, collectibles, historical items, political memorabilia, old school fashion items, and much more. The first monthly market of the year will be held on February 3rd.

NH Farm and Forest Expo

The Radisson Hotel will be home to New England’s largest wintertime indoor festival featuring more than 100 exhibitors. Highlights of the event include free educational workshops, animal demonstrations, and the ability to purchase uniquely made local items from New Hampshire vendors. Cost to attend is just $7 with a $1 off admission price if you bring a canned donation for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Visit the fair all weekend from February 2nd to February 4th.

Annual Wilder Dam Eagle Watch

A favorite New Hampshire pastime is to track the area’s indigenous birds throughout the winter season. On February 10th, there will be a gathering to track the bald eagle’s nesting activities at Wilder Dam. Starting at 10 am, bring along your binoculars to check the nests and scan for waterfowl feeding during the dam’s overflow. In the case of bad weather, the gathering will be rescheduled for the following morning of February 11th.

Clydesdale Camera Day

All over the world, visitors flock to see the famed Budweiser Clydesdale horses at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack. On the first Saturday of each month, including during the wintertime, you can have your photo taken with these majestic horses. You can also signup for a brewery tour and have a quick bite to each at The Biergarten.

Newport Winter Carnival

The fun keeps going at the 10-day winter festival held in downtown Newport. A daily schedule of activities will begin on February 8th and include events such as art shows, ice skating games, horse drawn wagon rides, horse shoe tournaments, and much more. Many of the activities are free or cost a nominal fee.

National Historical Society Guided Tour

Concord’s National Historical Society gives low-cost guided tours every third Friday in February and March. Knowledgeable guides provide you with details about the standout pieces in their collection including a 500-year-old dugout canoe and the original 1818 state capital eagle statue. Tours are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Havenwood Heritage Heights has the ideal location for those who crave peace and quiet, but wish to be near all the enjoyable activities New Hampshire has to offer. Our senior living community has been designed to help get all your physical and emotional needs met in a thriving environment. Contact us today at 1-800-457-6833 to schedule a tour or to find out more about our community.